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A presentation given at the Northern Collaboration conference on Friday 13th September at the University of Huddersfield. The presentation proposes the vision of a shared repository underpinning a …

A presentation given at the Northern Collaboration conference on Friday 13th September at the University of Huddersfield. The presentation proposes the vision of a shared repository underpinning a digital library of institutional assets to enable repository collection scalability and promote public awareness of research and teaching within northern universities.

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  • 1. The Digital Academic Library of the North Chris Awre Northern Collaboration Conference, 13th Sep 2013
  • 2. Introduction  DPLA and DALN  Libraries of the future  Trends  Repository development  Repositories and collaboration  DALN vision  From here to there
  • 3. Background  Jisc Programme Manager for FAIR Programme, 2002-4  Working with Fedora since 2005  Jisc projects – RepoMMan, REMAP, CLIF  Fedora UK&I User Group formed 2006  Hull’s IR implemented in 2008  Helped found the Hydra project the same year – software implemented in 2011
  • 4. DPLA  Digital Public Library of America  http://dp.la  Why?  Lots of knowledge in discrete packages across libraries and other collections  DPLA acts as a means of linking these packages and linking knowledge  Create new connections, and new knowledge
  • 5. DPLA
  • 6. DPLA  A collaboration  Those involved recognise the value of working together to achieve more than they could manage individually  Level of collaboration  Metadata feeds from multiple sources  Focused search engine  Facilitating interaction
  • 7. DALN  Digital Academic Library of the North  Similar scenario  We each hold multiple packages of knowledge  There is value in accessing knowledge across these packages  We recognise the value of collaboration  How might we be inspired by the DPLA?
  • 8. Academic Libraries of the Future Accessing knowledge, managing knowledge are key parts of all three scenarios
  • 9. Other observations…  Ithaka S+R UK survey of academics (2012)  Access to openly accessible materials outside the library is closely complementary to resources within the library  Derek Law environment scan (2009)  Managing institutional assets  Contributing to national and international virtual research environment  Importance of quality assurance
  • 10. Trends  All these observations are trying to identify the trends in how libraries are developing or need to develop  Predicting the future is never easy  DPLA is one reaction to this  Extending the reach of individual collections  Adding additional value in its own right
  • 11. Personal libraries Books/e-books Web resources Music/film Journals/e-journals Grey literature
  • 12. Print to digital Print Digital Books E-Books Journals E-Journals Reference works Online reference works / The Internet Videos/DVDs YouTube, NetFlix, etc. CDs iTunes, Spotify, etc. Slides Flickr, Google Images, etc. Theses E-Theses, EThOS
  • 13. Owning to renting Elsevier Wiley Sage Netflix Jisc Collections
  • 14. Shift to the network level Resources Discovery Library management systems Subject guides Reading lists ERM
  • 15. The good the bad and the ugly  Greater breadth of resources  Greater width of access  Greater depth of functionality  Freedom to switch (?)  Enables focus on what libraries do best (?)  Licences!  Although maybe just extending library paradigm?  Finance!!  Ongoing, if regular, costs
  • 16. IT input  A possible paradox  The level of effort working with digital resources and systems is increasing  Is the level of local IT input developing in parallel with this increased work with the digital landscape?  How much IT effort is being outsourced?  To resource suppliers  To library technology companies
  • 17. Repository development  OpenDOAR now lists 218 UK repositories  Drivers?  Focus on institutional repositories (170/218)  Focus on institutional assets  Focus on local Open access Open educational resources Research data Images
  • 18. Building a local digital library  Repository as home to a variety of local digital assets  Repository as infrastructure, not application  How much resource is needed to build a library?  Where does this come from?  What skills are required?  What can be learned from those who have built digital libraries?
  • 19. Repository development  Getting to the Repository of the Future workshop, Repository Fringe 2013  The role and need for a repository for managing digital ‘stuff’ is here to stay  There is a need to re-state and define what our repositories are for  We know what we want to do with repositories  We need to clarify the barriers to achieving this but but
  • 20. Scaling up 124,778 10,83 5 2012 academic publications in the UK Repositories (CORE) Journals (Scopus)
  • 21. Working with academics  Where does the focus in our efforts with repositories lie?  With the system and library processes?  With the academic scholarship it serves?  Stuart Basefsky (2009)  Exploit the technology to better serve research  http://www.llrx.com/node/2177
  • 22. How institutional does an IR need to be?  Brand / design  Advocacy  Strategy / policy  Cataloguing / description  Impact / statistics  QA  Tin  Access / interface  Software functionality  Storage  Preservation  Scalability of operation Local Network level
  • 23. Parallels – e-books  Brand / design  Advocacy  Strategy / policy  Cataloguing / description  Impact / statistics  QA  Tin  Access / interface  Software functionality  Storage  Preservation  Scalability of operation
  • 24. Parallels – e-books  Brand / design  Advocacy  Strategy / policy  Cataloguing / description  Impact / statistics  QA  Tin  Access / interface  Software functionality  Storage  Preservation  Scalability of operation Red - local Orange – mixed? Blue - network
  • 25. Similar trends, different context  Repository content as part of personal library  Managing a digital rather than a physical library  Exception – focus on ownership, not rental  Could move to the network level
  • 26. Collaboration at the network level  Models currently exist  SDLC hosting of IRs for Scottish Universities  White Rose  EPrints Services / BMC Open / Digital Commons  Shared infrastructure, individual services  Shared service?
  • 27. Digital Academic Library of the North – a vision
  • 28. DALN  Digital Academic Library of the North  Similar scenario to DPLA  We each hold multiple packages of knowledge  There is value in accessing knowledge across these packages  We recognise the value of collaboration  How might we collaborate to enrich the assets/knowledge we hold?
  • 29. A shared service  Recognise the value and benefits of taking services to the network level  Take action on institutional limits  Scaling operation  IT resource requirement  Take ownership of the means by which we can jointly develop our digital libraries  Maximise the potential for getting local assets into personal libraries
  • 30. DALN model Digital Academic Library of the North Institution A Institution B Institution C Archive A Museum B Other …
  • 31. DALN model  Individual repository services served from a central, combined digital library  Local management requirements  Network access / preservation benefits from collaboration  Focused definition of roles and responsibilities at different levels  Showcase of institutional output from window onto combined collections  Facilitating linkages across content
  • 32. Content vs. metadata  DPLA is focused on metadata  Discovery and linking are core drivers  Are there network benefits to managing content through a shared service?  How do we scale the management of local assets? Local management Central management DALN
  • 33. DALN benefits  Facilitate the management of different types of content  Enable repository provision to become a part of IT infrastructure  Provide common solutions to repository feeds to other services  e.g., Google, Research Outcomes System  Allow local focus to be on working with academic community
  • 34. Getting there from here  We have considerable expertise and knowledge of what it takes to run repositories and digital libraries  Can we bring this together in some way to identify a collaborative way forward?  Can we identify how to exploit the best of moving service to the network level to aid repository development?
  • 35. To conclude  Repositories have become integral parts of how we operate as libraries  They have the potential to evolve into true digital libraries  Responding to library trends  We can add value to these through working collaboratively  DALN vision is one way – are there others?
  • 36. Image attributions  Paul Stainthorp, “IMAG2719”, 13 Aug 2005, Online image, Flickr, 10 Sep 2013, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pstainthorp /4192270743/  Mark Stevens, “The Road Ahead”, 14 Oct 2012, Online image, Flickr, 10 Sep 2013, http://www.flickr.com/photos/14723335@ N05/9013482834/
  • 37. Thank you Chris Awre Head of Information Management University of Hull http://www.hull.ac.uk/lib http://hydra.hull.ac.uk http://projecthydra.org